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LAPD Chases Man Swimming Among MacArthur Park's Colorful Balls

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One man who couldn't resist the siren call of Macarthur Park's colorful balls decided to take a dip in the lake last night. When Portraits of Hope, the nonprofit that created the installation, said they wanted something that would bring the community together, we're not sure this is what they had in mind. But last night a crowd did gather to watch—and live-tweet—the LAPD fish him out of the water.

It happened just before 9 p.m., and LAPD deployed their Underwater Dive Unit. Initially the man wouldn't come out, but officers were finally able to persuade him and help him out—unlike a woman who refused to come out of Echo Park Lake last week. The man wasn't arrested but he was taken under psych evaluation, LAPD Officer Drake Madison told LAist.

Reporter Jesse Katz was live at the scene, giving minute-by-minute updates on the crowd, the chase and the swimmer's sartorial choices:

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